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PhD candidates at Leiden University are represented by LEO Leiden. The PhD Candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN) acts as the umbrella organisation for all local PhD councils at Dutch Universities

LEO Leiden

LEO is a platform for PhD candidates at Leiden University. It represents the interests of PhD candidates within and outside the University, organises events and maintains contact with other PhD candidate organisations. For more information see the LEO website.

Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN)

PNN is the national organisation for PhD candidates. For more information see the PNN website.


PhDoc wants to help PhD candidates attain their primary goal: to become a successful researcher and teacher. See the PhDoc page on the organisational structure website for more information.

The FGGA PhD Platform

The PhD platform is a network of all PhD candidates of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. They organize social events and biannual meetings where they invite speakers to discuss current issues related to life as a PhD candidate (examples of topics for these meetings are: How to manage your supervisor, mental stress and coping during your PhD, visiting and organizing conferences). The FGGA newsletter and website provide information about upcoming events and previously shared documents.

The PhD platform wishes to represent all PhD candidates, therefore they are very open to input and questions. Please feel free to contact them.

Email the FGGA PhD Platform

The PhD platform is run by a board consisting of PhD candidates from different institutes and aims to represent the interests of all PhD candidates of FGGA. The PhD platform board is consulted by the Faculty board on matters that concern PhD candidates and collaborates with the Graduate School officer.

Events organized by the Graduate School Office or the PhD platform which are focused on career orientation or transferable skills and where speakers or trainers are invited for may be counted as part of the mandatory 140 hours of activities focusing on transferable skills. PhD candidates having signed the attendance list receive a certificate from the Graduate School Office and can report on the stated hours in Converis. 

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